Our Disappearing Western Monarch Butterflies: What Happened and What’s Next?

Presented by Robert Coffan
Saturday, September 21, 3-5 p.m.

Last year, the total number of Western Monarch butterflies counted at the overwintering sites along the California coast plummeted down to a population of only about 20,500 insects; that is less than the number of honeybees living in one hive! Southern Oregon is a critical link in the migration chain, and our monarchs have made some strange and unprecedented responses. With almost no monarchs being spotted anywhere else this year, why are monarchs flying to the Brookings area and “dumping” thousands of eggs in just 3 or 4 places along the coast? And hear about the amazing “Monarch Methuselah, the oldest known western monarch ever recorded!

Click to view The Siskiyou Field Institute's website on the event!
Western Monarch Summit 2020

A summit for everyone involved in conservation and restoration of the western monarch to share, network, and learn what others are doing. This is also an opportunity to go forth with a better understanding of how to improve what we each do in our own arenas of interest and geographic areas. Let's work together to help the precious and amazing western monarch butterfly!

Come Join Us January 10th - 12th 2020

More event details coming soon!

Monarch Musings: One of Nature’s Climate Trackers!

Robert Coffan will be discussing this topic with the Southern Oregon Climate Action Now group at their SOCAN Monthly Meeting: Monarch Musings: One of Nature’s Climate Trackers! September 26th 6:00-7:30

For more details click here!

The Children’s Book That Started with an Egg

SOMA is pleased to pass this progress on to you from our powerhouse colleagues in Central Oregon. 'Want to hear about the longest recorded migration of an Oregon tagged monarch butterfly from the perspective of the students who learned about, raised, named, released and tracked the heroic adventure? 'Want to enjoy something that is the embodiment of what all this "Monarch Advocacy" is all about? Click here to learn more about the Journey.

On September 16 2017, the village that raised a monarch, will host a ‘Book Signing’ event in downtown Sisters, Oregon. This free Publishing Party will be held at the Chamber of Commerce located at 291 E Main Avenue on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join us for this wonderful community event and perhaps you’ll see some live monarchs courtesy of our friends and partners from the Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon (MACO).

Kids and Creeks 2017
SOMA Celebrates Earth Week!

What an amazing week to celebrate monarchs and pollinator conservation! SOMA is hosting outreach and educational booths at Southern Oregon University, Rogue Community College, a Monarchs and Milkweed workshop, as well as participating in a Living on Your Land workshop in Grants Pass . . . Let's keep this energy and momentum all year long!

Monarchs and Music 2017

Hello SOMA afficiandos,

Thank you to all of the folks who braved the weather and made it to our first ever Monarchs and Music event. The severe winter weather could not keep the 37 people away from celebrating Monarchs or the citizens of Southern Oregon working to help protect them. Thank you to everyone that made a donation of time and/or money to SOMA at the event. Your generosity raised almost $700 for SOMA to use in the upcoming year!

Special thanks goes out to the Master Food Preservers for providing the delicious dinner for the event. Fred and Jackie did an excellent job serving everyone.

Lee Finney, Simone Coffan, Kristina Lefever, and Goly Ostovar

Thank you to Kelly's Lot. The weather did keep you from coming in person but thank you for the Skype performance!

Finally, a very special thanks goes out to Robert Coffan. He put together another great presentation on all the efforts of SOMA and showcased the importance of conservation and continued Monarch advocacy. Everyone involved with SOMA should be proud of our work with Monarchs. Thank you and we ARE making a difference.

Jackie Greer and Fred Gebhardt of Master Food Preservers
Robert Coffan Host/Presenter